Meter and Pay Station Ticket FAQs
• For general information about city paystations, click here.
• To understand why you were charged with Overtime at Meter, click here.
• For an explanation of why you were charged with Overtime at Paystation, click here.
I received a ticket for failing to display a pay station receipt. I have a copy of the receipt, which was valid when I was cited for the violation. What should I do?
The court may waive the citation with proof that you purchased a pay station receipt. To request this waiver, fill out a written appeal and attach a copy of the pay station receipt. The law states that you must display a current, valid receipt to park in a pay to park zone. The court will not waive future violations for failing to display this receipt, even if you provide a copy of a valid receipt.
Why did I receive a ticket when I was only parked at this location for a few minutes?
The amount of time that a vehicle is parked in violation of a city ordinance is not relevant to the question of whether a violation has occurred. There is no rule that allows a vehicle to be parked in violation of a city ordinance for only a few minutes.
If there is a five minute grace period to buy a receipt, why was I issued a ticket within five minutes of parking?
The five-minute grace period applies after the pay station receipt expires. Before issuing a citation, a parking officer will check the nearby pay stations to make sure that the vehicle owner is not in the process of purchasing a pay station receipt and will not issue a ticket in such circumstance.
I tried to purchase a receipt from a kiosk, but the kiosk was not working properly. Why should I have to pay a fine?
You can purchase a receipt from any Boulder parking kiosk. If the kiosk at which you attempt to purchase a receipt is not working, you should purchase a receipt from another kiosk. If you have not previously had a pay station violation waived, the court may consider waiving your citation as a courtesy. To request a waiver, please fill out a written or online appeal.
If there is still time left on my kiosk receipt, can I park in another area?
Yes. Any unexpired time remaining on a pay station receipt may be used at any pay to park zone in the city.
Is it free to park at pay stations and meters on holidays?
Yes, on designated city holidays. Note that city holidays may differ from holidays celebrated by private companies or the state or federal government. Click here to see the current city holidays.
Don't motorcycles get to park for free?
There are certain designated areas near the Pearl Street Mall where motorcycles and scooters may park for free. If, however, a motorcycle is parked in a pay to park zone, a pay station receipt must be purchased and affixed to the motorcycle. Motorcycles are not permitted to park on sidewalks or at bike racks.
Are scooters allowed to park for free in bike racks?
No. It is true that under state law, a scooter is not considered a "motor vehicle" for purposes of traffic laws. However, for parking matters in the City of Boulder, a scooter is considered a "vehicle." Therefore, owners of scooters must comply with all motor vehicle parking laws. A scooter is not permitted to park on the sidewalk.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 08:57